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CfP: 3rd international workshop on the theory and practice of social machines: observing social machines on the Web

From: Laura Dragan <aprilush@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:19:11 +0000
Message-ID: <547E029F.9010206@gmail.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org, semantic-web@w3.org
Hi all,

We're organizing the 3rd edition of the SOCM workshop at WWW2015,
chaired by Wendy Hall, Dave De Roure, and Nigel Shadbolt, and organized
by Elena Simperl, Thanassis Tiropanis, and Matthew Weber.

More details about workshop topics and submission details in the cfp
( http://www.wikicfp.com/cfp/servlet/event.showcfp?eventid=42299 )



== Call for papers ==

SOCM 2015: Third international workshop on the theory and practice of
social machines: observing social machines on the Web

@ WWW 2015, Florence, Italy
18 or 19 May 2015

Supported by the SOCIAM project (http://sociam.org/socm2015/)

The 2015 edition of the SOCM workshop will look deeply at social
machines that have, or may yet soon have, a profound impact on the lives
of individuals, businesses, governments, and the society as a whole. Our
goal is to discuss issues pertinent to the observation of both extant
and yet unrealized social machines building on work of the previous
editions of the SOCM workshop (SOCM2013 and SOCM2014) and the Web
Observatory workshops of the last two years (WOW2013 and WOW2014).
SOCM2015 aims to identify factors that govern the growth or impede these
systems to develop, and to identify unmet observation needs or the kinds
of loosely-coordinated distributed social systems the Web enables. We
also intend to discuss methods to analyse and explore social machines,
as essential mechanisms for deriving the guidelines and best practices
that will inform the design of social machines and social machine

=== Objectives ===

The workshop will discuss the latest theoretical frameworks and
empirical insights around the observation of social machines. As
introduced in the initial edition of the workshop, we use the term
"social machines" to refer to socio-technical systems which leverage the
Web as a medium for communication, socialization, decentralized
coordination, and peer production. This theme derives from concepts
introduced by Tim Berners-Lee in his influential book Weaving the Web,
in which he describes the Web as an engine to "create abstract social
machines - new forms of social processes that would be given to the
world at large".

Unlike conventional Turing machines, their social counterparts are
comprised of loose collectives of people connected by computational
communication substrates at their core. By being accessible to any
individual with access to the Web, such social machines have
demonstrated the ability to allow groups of individuals to accomplish
major goals using methods of distributed coordination and crowdsourcing
at unprecedented scales. However, the study of such systems also
requires a new and fundamentally different set of instruments, which,
though inspired by the mindset of Computer Science and Engineering,
naturally embraces theories, findings, and scientific methodology from a
variety of other disciplines in order to understand how human and
machine intelligence could be best brought together to help individuals,
businesses, governments and the society. This includes languages and
models to describe their function and operation; visualisation of social
machine operation and evolution, and methods that can be applied to
study and predict their behaviour.

The objective of the workshop is to bring together experts of various
kinds of social machines, including crowd-powered systems, social
networks, and online communities, to discuss the challenges of
meaningful observation of social machines and to present specific tools
that they have designed to visualise social machines and their impact on
the various sectors of human activity. These applications are
increasingly employing Web observatory infrastructures for sharing of
data, results and methods.

=== Topics ===

The workshop proposes a multidisciplinary discussion focused on the
following three themes:

1. Analysing social machines: analytics and visualisations that provide
insights about social machines and their impact, including:
 - Quantitative and qualitative aspects of online peer production and
information exchange systems (multimedia sharing sites, auction sites,
discussion forums, crowdsourced science, gamified customer relationship
management, Wikipedia etc).
 - Visualisation of social machine ecosystems and of social machine
operation and evolution.
 - Studies on the effect of social machines in business, government and
society and of mechanisms that they employ to engage the people
(incentivisation, motivation).

2. Designing social machine observatories: analyses of the design of
effective (extant and future) social machines, including:
 - Deployment of Web Observatories to study social machines and their
 - Infrastructural challenges to the observation of complex ecosystems
of systems and platforms bringing together social and algorithmic
 - Evaluation and quality assessment techniques of social machine

3. Methodology and methods: approaches and methods for observing social
machines, including:
 - Languages and models capturing the above.
 - Taxonomies that define the constructs (dimensions/characteristics)
that describe and differentiate current social machines when viewed as a
 - Techniques for instrumentation of social machines to facilitate
observation and study.

=== Submissions ===

We welcome paper submissions (regular research papers or position
papers) pertaining to the three themes listed above. To encourage papers
to be kept short, the page limit is 6 pages in ACM SIG template (as per
the WWW2015 research track). At least one author of each paper is
expected to register for the workshop and attend to present the paper.

Papers will be evaluated for original ideas and thoughts and techniques
for characterizing or examining social machines, including methods and
processes for interrogating and modeling online social systems. For
study papers, we will welcome any original studies on online communities
or summaries of previously conducted studies by participants if
contextualized in the framework of social machines. We explicitly
welcome papers with a less Computer Science-oriented focus, both in
terms of topic and methods applied, reflecting the true
interdisciplinary nature of the social machine research field.

Please submit your paper to SOCM2015 on EasyChair.

All submitted papers must:
- be written in English;
- contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;
- be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings template;
- be in PDF, and formatted for US Letter size;
- occupy no more than 6 pages, including the abstract, references, and

It is the authors' responsibility to ensure that their submissions
adhere strictly to the required format. Submissions that do not comply
with the above guidelines may be rejected without review.

=== Proceedings ===

The accepted submissions will be published as a companion volume for the
WWW conference proceedings. We also support the publication of the
papers in an open access, web-friendly format on the workshop page (as
RDFa annotated HTML), if the authors wish to opt out of the ACM

=== Important dates ===

24 January 2015 - Paper submission deadline
22 February 2015 - Acceptance notifications
8 March 2015 - Camera ready version deadline
18 or 19 May 2015 - Workshop day

=== Chairs  ===

Wendy Hall (University of Southampton, UK)
Dave De Roure (University of Oxford, UK)
Nigel Shadbolt (University of Southampton, UK)

=== Organisers  ===

Elena Simperl (University of Southampton, UK)
Thanassis Tiropanis (University of Southampton, UK)
Matthew Weber (Rutgers University, USA)

=== Publicity  ===

Laura Dragan (University of Southampton, UK)
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